In this guide, I'm going to dive deep into a comparison of Nutribullet and Ninja. These are two of the most common blenders on the market today and many people wonder which one they should get. As someone who owns multiple models of each brand, I'm going to break it down in a way that's easy to understand and help you make your final decision.
Nutribullet vs Ninja Summary
The personal versions of the Nutribullet and Ninja blenders perform very similarly. If you want something small for personal-sized smoothies or spreads then the Nutribullet Pro 900 and the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ are my favorite options.
However, if you want something that's going to give you the best bang for your buck then you probably want to go with the Ninja Mega Kitchen System due to its versatility. You can also consider the Nutribullet Blender Combo which is similar but lacks the food chopping bowl.
Finally, if you need to make hot soup then your best choice is the Nutribullet Rx which has a heating cycle. If you need a guide the best blender for hot liquids, check our list if you're looking to buy one. Here's more about our top picks in order with a little bit more about them...
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Here's what you can expect to find in the rest of the guide...
- What's different in the Nutribullet and Ninja Line (pros and cons)
- My personal reviews and experience for each of the blender brands.
- The final verdict for what I think the best products in each line are.
Nutribullet & Ninja Comparison Chart of Best Models
All of the blenders that these brands carry are good, so your final choice should come down to the main features that each of the models offer. Also, the cup and jar sizes are very important to consider. If you're going to be making smoothies for multiple people, then make sure you get a unit with a larger jar size.
Versatility in cup and jar sizes and food processor capability.
Small yet powerful with pre-programmed settings.
Small yet powerful with pre-programmed settings.
Versatility and the ability to blend hot liquids with the vented lid.
Ability to heat soup from scratch.
Out of all the models that are available for both brands, the Nutribullet Pro 900 and the Ninja Mega Kitchen system are the ones that I recommend. Go for the Nutribullet Pro 900 if you want something that's affordable and only need to blend for 1-2 people at once.
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Model Specific Pros vs Cons
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The main perk of the Nutribullet Rx is that it can make hot soup. Other than that, it doesn't really bring much to the table compared to the other models. Sure, it has some big Nutribullet cups and containers that it can blend in, but in my opinion it kind of misses the mark on what the Nutribullet is supposed to be about: convenience. It feels like it's trying too hard to be something that it's not.
- Makes hot soup: You can make hot pureed soups from scratch in the Nutribullet Rx. In the past, this was a function that was only reserved for super high end blenders such as Vitamix/Blendtec.
- Easy to use handles: The handles on the Nutribullet Rx cups make it really easy to carry them around.
- Large batches: Ideal for larger households who will make multiple servings per blend.
- Hands Free: You can use this unit hands free which cannot be said about the other small Nutribullet blenders.
- Bulky: It's not as convenient as the other smaller blenders on this guide.
- Heavy: You'd be surprised at how heavy the Nutribullet Rx body feels.
The Nutribullet has finally released a blender that is on par with Ninja level versatility. The Nutribullet Blender combo comes with a wide range of cups: a 64 oz jar, 32 oz cup and a 24 oz cup. All which can fit on its compact body. Because it has a vented lid on the large jar, it can safely blend hot liquids. This is NOT something you'd want to do in a normal Nutribullet cup because the pressure build up can cause it to explode.
The downside is that it can't actually heat up liquids. Unlike the Rx, you won't be able to make soup from scratch in this machine, but rather use it to puree ingredients that you've already softened and heated.
- Lots of Cup Options: This blender give you so many cup options that you can blend perfect sized batches every time you use it.
- Dishwasher Safe: The cups and even the big jar is dishwasher safe.
- Tamper: The tamper makes it so that ingredients won't get caught or stuck and that you can push things into the blades for a smooth blend every time.
- Can't Heat Soup: Although it can blend warm liquids because of the vented lid, it's not ideal for actually heating soups like the Rx is.
Brand vs Brand Blender Comparison
In this section, I'll give you the pros and cons of the Nutri Bullet vs Ninja overall product line from my experience.
Overall Best Attributes
- All of the Nutribullet blenders are light (with the exception of the Nutribullet Rx which is quite bulky).
- The blade configuration on the Nutribullet makes it extremely easy to form a vortex and pulverize ingredients to where you can no longer see them.
- Lots of convenient cups included and always easy to clean.
- All the models starting at the Nutribullet Pro 900 are very affordable (excludes the Rx which is a bit more pricey).
- Rubber Ring Issue - Rubber ring around the Nutribullet blades can sometimes fall off. Can be a pain to get it back on.
- Few Pre-Programmed Settings Options - Aside from the Nutribullet Rx, there are no pre-programmed settings so the blender has to be monitored during the entire cycle. I personally don't think this is a big deal, but some do.
- Blades - The blades on the Nutribullet blenders is perhaps my favorite thing about them. They aren't that sharp (which is a good thing). The way they are designed works really well for pulling ingredients into a vortex and really pulverizing everything. By pulverizing instead of chopping, you won't end up with any chunks of fruits or veggies in your smoothies. I have to say that my Nutribullet Pro 900 can sometimes even make smoother blends than my Vitamix!
- Base - Besides for the Nutribullet Rx, the Nutribullet bases are light and easy to store. They look sleek and feel ergonomic when you move them around. If you have a small space and are lacking storage than make sure you're getting a blender that will easy fit into your cabinets.
- Sizes - In the past, the Nutribullet didn't have many size options. However, with the new release of the Nutribullet Blender Combo this brand now offers some versatility in swapping out jar and cup sizes just like the Ninja Mega Kitchen system.
Ninja & Nutri Ninja Blenders
- The top of the line Ninja models come with multiple container options, including a food processor in the case of the Mega Kitchen System.
- Almost every Ninja model comes with easy to clean and use to-go cups with lids.
- The multi-tiered blades on the bigger Ninja jars are very good at certain tasks like completely crushing ice (see videos below).
- Some models come with continent functions like timers and pre-programmed settings.
- Price Range - The top of the line models get a bit pricey. At that point, it may be worth getting a Vitamix if your budget allows.
- Vortex Formation - The personal blender blades have given me some issues when it comes to forming a vortex (see videos below). But this likely wouldn't be an issue for you as long as you add enough liquid.
- Blades - Most of the blades on the Ninja blenders are a bit sharper than the Nutribullet ones. I personally find that they will tend to "chop" more rather than pulverize, but it depends on the contents being blended.
- Base - On all of the Ninja blenders I've handled, their bases always feel a bit bulkier than their Nutribullet counterparts. It could be because the Ninjas tend to have more powerful motors, but it also makes it slightly more inconvenient to take in and out of a cabinet.
- Sizes - Ninja probably offers the most versatile jar sizes in the industry. If you get one of their larger blenders such as the Ninja Mega Kitchen System it can use a wide range of jar and cup sizes. However, the personal blenders such as the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ offer similar sizes to the Nutribullet.
Nutribullet Pro and Nutri Ninja Demonstration Videos
On my YouTube channel, I've put several of the Nutribullet and Ninja models head to head for all sorts of criteria: thick smoothies, ice crush testing and even making nut butter. Here was the results of my testing (along with videos)...
Making Thick Smoothies with Nutribullet Pro vs Nutri Ninja
I put the Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja side by side to see which one was better at making a thick smoothie. For this test, I used frozen strawberries and very little liquid in the form of soy milk. For whatever reason, I had a much time getting the thing to blend with the Nutribullet Pro 900.
Keep in mind, that this was an "extreme" test. For a normal smoothie, I'd usually add a lot more liquid and both blenders probably would have come out equally.
In this video, I attempted to make almond butter in the Nutribullet Pro 900 and the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ (1000 watts). What I found was that the Nutribullet had a far easier time creating a vortex and grinding the almonds into a paste (although I wouldn't recommend doing it without oil or water to help it mix - it causes the blender to get hot which isn't advised.)
The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ kept pushing the nuts back up to the side which prevented them from coming into the spinning blades and getting ground into nut butter. Keep in mind that these almonds were roasted in the oven, but no oil was added to the mixture. Had I added oil, both blenders probably would have completed the task with ease. The purpose of this test was to push both blenders to their limits.
Crushing Ice in Nutribullet Pro
In this test, I did an ice crush test in the Nutribullet. Overall, it did a good job, but again, it's not what this blender should be used for. It's perfectly acceptable to crush ice WITH liquid, but I just wanted to show that it's powerful enough to process the raw materials. A few cubes were still left in tact, but certainly that is to be expected because so much snow was packed into a small area.
Interestingly, the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ did a much better job at this task. For whatever reason, the blades on the Ninja were better at pulling the ice in and not allowing the snow to get too tightly packed.
Finally, I wanted to give this ice crush test a try with a Ninja Professional blender. I was blown away! However, the problem I have found with these blades is that they sometimes don't fully pulverize certain ingredients like greens like a traditional blender that creates a vortex does. That's why I like having the Ninja Professionals that have the option with for personal-sized cups and blades.
Frequently Asked Questions
What About the Magic Bullet Nutribullet blender model?
While I'm certainly a big fan of all the Nutribullet models (especially the 900), I wouldn't recommend getting a Magic Bullet over any of the Ninjas. Yes, the Magic Bullet is cheap but it's just not nearly as versatile and as powerful as anything else in the Nutribullet or Ninja line.
I say this for the following reasons...
- The Magic Bullet isn't great at crushing ice and making thick frozen smoothies.
- The higher-watt models of Nutribullets and Nutri Ninjas are far better at completely pulverizing ingredients to make a "smooth" rather than "chunky" smoothie.
- The middle of the road Nutribullets and Ninjas aren't that much more expensive than the Magic Bullet to justify not getting them.
Will the Nutribullet Pro or Ninja Auto Iq be as good as a Vitamix?
Not quite, the Vitamix can really do anything that any of these blenders can do (aside from being a legit food processor like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System.
However, I find myself using my Nutribullet WAY more than my Vitamix because it's simply more convenient. It's easy to clean, easy to store and the cups are the perfect size for a single serving. The Vitamix is certainly an amazing high end machine, but the average person probably won't need it for every day use.
What About the Warranties?
The one downside to both of these brands is that they don't come with great warranties. Most of the products have a warranty length of around 1 year. However, I've used my Nutribullet for over 5 years until I had to replace it and my Ninjas are still going strong even though I use them less often.
Because I’ve used it for so long and loved it, I have to say that my first pick is the Nutribullet Pro 900. It’s doesn’t have as many fancy features as all of the other blenders on this list, but it just works.
However, if you are looking for something where you can make large batches and do food processing then the Ninja Mega Kitchen System is your best choice. It’s really a one of a kind machine and will save you tons of money in the long run because you won’t have to get a separate food processor.
If making soup from scratch is a must, then the only real choice is the Nutribullet Rx. However, besides for that one function, I prefer all of the other blenders on the list.
The good news is that the Nutribullet Blender Combo can blend hot soup thanks to it’s vented list. The only downside is you can’t actually heat it up as you can with the Rx.